The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was formed in 1991 to fill a void that has existed in sports medicine from its earliest beginnings. The Founders, most recognized and expert sports medicine specialists, realized that while there were several physician organizations which supported sports medicine, there was not a forum specific for primary care non-surgical sports medicine physicians.
AMSSM provides a forum to foster professional relationships among sports medicine physicians to advance the discipline of sports medicine through education, research, advocacy and excellence in patient care.
AMSSM is committed to the following values:
- Honesty, Integrity and Respect
- Quality and Excellence
- Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork
- Read the Values Statement
AMSSM will be a worldwide leader in sports medicine.
- Education - Serve as the premier educational resource for sports medicine physicians
- Research - Advance sports medicine research and scholarship through funding support, collaboration and partnerships
- Advocacy - Uphold and promote priority issues in sports medicine affecting members, patients, and their communities
- Patient Care - Foster excellence in the care and safety of sports medicine patients
- Communications - Exchange information with members and the public effectively
- Infrastructure - Optimize resources to support the AMSSM mission, goals and objectives
- Collaboration - Develop and utilize mutual relationships to enhance the AMSSM mission, goals and objectives
In 1991, five family physicians with strong self-learned sports medicine training and experience, Drs. David Hough, John Lombardo, Doug McKeag, Jim Puffer and Lee Rice, sought to find a medical organization that would represent themselves and other like-minded physicians. After exploring options to integrate with other national organizations, it became clear the best option was to start a new specialized organization that would adequately represent and support their sports medicine interests. They each invested $7,000 of their personal savings into a seed fund for this new organization. The 20 Founders of AMSSM included:
- Randall Eichner, MD, Internal Medicine
- Elizabeth Gallup, MD, JD, Family Medicine (Deceased)
- Brian Halpern, MD, Family Medicine
- Jack Harvey, MD, Pediatrics
- John Henderson, DO, Family Medicine
- Stan Herring, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehab
- David Hough, MD, Family Medicine (Deceased)
- Robert Johnson, MD, Family Medicine
- Greg Landry, MD, Pediatrics
- John Lombardo, MD, Family Medicine
- Doug McKeag, MD, Family Medicine
- Larry McLain, MD, Pediatrics (Deceased)
- Robert Murphy, MD, Internal Medicine (Deceased)
- James Puffer, MD, Family Medicine
- Lee Rice, DO, Family Medicine
- Douglas Shaw, MD, Emergency Medicine
- Deborah Squire, MD, Pediatrics
- Mitch Storey, DO, Family Medicine
- Richard Strauss, MD, Internal and Preventive Medicine (Deceased)
- Jeffrey Tanji, MD, Family Medicine
AMSSM's 1st Annual Meeting was held in San Diego in July 1992, with Brian Halpern, MD as the guarantor, which held him personally responsible if the meeting failed monetarily. The rest of the Founders all verbally agreed to help cover any losses. However, this first meeting was a success! The approximately 120 physicians who attended, all trained in primary care specialties, had finally found an organization which supported their beliefs that they had a central role in providing high quality sports medicine care. By the 20th Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2011, over 1,000 physicians attended the conference, and the AMSSM membership had more than 2,000 members. Thanks to the early vision and strong commitment of the dedicated Founders, AMSSM has become a strong, vital, multi-disciplinary organization of physicians.
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Call for RESEARCH ABSTRACTS
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2015 Advanced Team Physician Course
Registration now available.
AMSSM Foundation Resident Scholarship Award Applications
The AMSSM Foundation is now accepting applications for the Resident Scholarship Award
AMSSM Founders Award
The AMSSM Foundation invites you to submit your nomination for the Founders Award to be presented at the AMSSM Annual Meeting. A $500.00 cash award and plaque is presented to the individual, group or organization who exemplifies the best we can be or do in Sports Medicine. Nomination must be submitted by January 6, 2016.
2016 AMSSM/South Bend Sports US (Inc.Inj./Beg. Level)
Registrations is now open!
Case Abstract Submissions
Case Abstract Submission is now closed. In late January 2016, accepted abstracts will be posted on the website for members only to view.
AMSSM-ACSM Clinical Research Grant
AMSSM-ACSM Clinical Research Grant Award ($20,000/yr - $10,000 from AMSSM, $10,000 from ACSM). The purpose of the AMSSM-ACSM Clinical Research Grant Award is to foster original scientific investigations with a strong clinical focus among physician members of AMSSM and the ACSM. The primary investigator must be a physician and a member of AMSSM and ACSM. The maximum total grant is $20,000, which will be awarded to a single research proposal for the initial maximum time period of a two-year grant cycle. Applications for 2016 year will be available in early fall.
2016 Fellows In Training Exam Registration
Registration is now open though 2/14/16 for the upcoming 2016 Fellows in Training Exam. The exam will open on February 1, 2016 and will be available through 3:00pm Central Time on February 15, 2016.
The test will consist of 200 multiple choice questions. You will have 4 hours to complete this test. Once you begin this test you must complete it. You will not be able to stop and restart this test. So please allow for enough time to complete the test.
2016 AMSSM Annual Meeting
- Available Now
2015-16 AMSSM Recertification Prep Exam
Registration is now open for the new Recertification preparation exam. Modeled after the blueprint for the ABFM Sports Medicine CAQ, this test will allow you to test your current knowledge and see where to guide your study as you prepare to sit for the Sports Medicine Recertification exam.
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